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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Oakland Tech Students Learn About Computing at NERSC


As part of the Lab's new outreach initiative, NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center) has started a partnership program with Oakland Technical High School's Computer Science and Technology Academy. Last Thursday, 12 students and a teacher from the academy visited the NERSC Oakland Scientific Facility for an introduction to computational science, supercomputer architecture, and a tour of the NERSC machine room. They were hosted by Katie Antypas, Dave Paul and David Stewart. Each student took home a piece of “Seaborg,” a Power3 system decommissioned by NERSC.

Special Event: Which World Cup Team Has the Most Supporters at the Lab? Show Your Spirit at Photo Shoot Tomorrow

World Cup TeamWhether you’re rooting for Deutsche Nationalmannschaft, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, or Soccer Nippon Daihyō during the World Cup competition, show your support by wearing your team’s colors to a special photo shoot tomorrow in front of the cafeteria at noon. The shirts from each country will be counted to see which has the most fans. The name of the top three countries, along with the group photo, will be posted in Today at Berkeley Lab.

Research: New Grant for Third-Hand Smoke Research

SmokeThe revelations earlier this year by Berkeley Lab researchers about the potential dangers posed by third-hand smoke have led to a new grant award of more than $400K for two years from University of California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. The proposal, “Genotoxicity of third-hand smoke and aged second-hand smoke” will address the genotoxic hazard of third-hand smoke, which is virtually unknown at present. Third-hand smoke is the residue from tobacco smoke that clings to virtually all surfaces long after a cigarette has been extinguished. Bo Hang of the Life Sciences Division is the principal investigator for this grant, and he will collaborate with Lara Gundel, Hugo Destaillats and Mohamad Sleiman of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, who lead the original third-hand smoke research.

HR: Video of Diversity Speaker Michael Hingson Now Online

HingsonMichael Hingson, who escaped the World Trade Center attack with his guide dog, gave a talk at the Lab last week as part of the Diversity Council’s “Perspectives on Diversity” lecture series. His presentation — during which he discussed how the 9/11 experience affected him, the strength of the human/animal bond, and what it’s like to be blind in a “sighted world” — is now available online.

Special Event: Earth Sciences Lectures Today, Tomorrow

The Lab’s Earth Sciences Division is hosting a talk today by Gareth Tribello of ETH Zurich at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium on “Using Molecular Dynamics to Understand Precipitation Reactions.” Tomorrow, John Harding of the University of Sheffield will discuss “What Can Simulation Contribute to the Understanding of Mineral Nucleation and Growth?” at the same time and location as today’s lecture.

OCFO: FMS, TREX, eBuy Systems Upgraded This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, the technology underlying FMS, TREX and eBuy will be upgraded. To facilitate the upgrade, these systems will be taken offline at noon on Friday. It is anticipated that the system will be back online on Monday, June 14, at 8 a.m. While this upgrade will not change the functionality of the system, users may see minor changes to the look and feel of these applications. A summary of these changes is available here.

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